Aleia Gisolfi-McCready dribbles up the sideline
Aleia Gisolfi-McCready ‘25 dribbles down the sideline. Photos courtesy Tim Cowie.

Spencer Wolff ’25 (He/Him), Sports Writer

This season, the Davidson women’s soccer team had a less than ideal fall campaign, resulting in a record of 4 wins, 10 losses, and 4 ties, going 0-7-3 within A-10 play. While the season did not turn out favourably for the Wildcats, there were definitely some bright spots, including Aleia Gisolfi-McCready ‘25, who was named an all A-10 rookie in her first season as a Wildcat. About this honor, Gisolfi-McCready said, “I was honestly shocked. I was very humbled by that, and my teammates were incredibly supportive and hyped me up. I was extremely grateful for my teammates.”

About the way the season went, Gisolfi-McCready stated that “Team-wise, it did not go as well as we hoped, but individually, I grew as a player, which was really fun, and I learned that helped me to become better on the field, so while we did not do as well as we hoped, I feel that for me, the season went well. Our record was not a representation of the level of play. We played so much better than our record indicated. We never got blown out, and it was frustrating that we were playing well and our record didn’t show it.” While the team’s record was not reflective of their true gameplay level, as they were in every game, the team hopes to build off what they did this season and turn it into victories next season.

This is Gisolfi-McCready’s first season and first academic year at Davidson, which she decided to come to for a number of reasons. “I committed [to Davidson] for soccer in junior year, right when COVID happened. I had been talking with Coach Denton for about a year. I came to campus, and I immediately loved it and felt at home, which I didn’t feel at other schools. Coach Denton was very transparent with me when it came to playing time and it was refreshing. The coaching staff cares about the players individually and because of the academics, I think that I will have more opportunities here coming out of it compared to somewhere else.” 

She also commented on her experience so far at Davidson. “I absolutely love my classes and professors. There is so much room for help and the professors are really open. I absolutely love my roommate. I wish the soccer season went better, but otherwise, it has turned out well, and I think I’m incredibly blessed to play soccer, run track, and have incredible friends.” In addition to playing soccer in the fall, Gisolfi-McCready runs track in the winter and spring athletic seasons.

As she is a freshman, Gisolfi-McCready is not dwelling on this season. Rather, she is looking forward to the next three seasons as a Wildcat. “I expect us to have our heads in the game again, and I hope to be a part of the A-10 playoffs next year. I think that this was just a blip in our journey as a team, and I think that we are going to come back, push harder, and compete better as a team.” To Gisolfi-McCready, this season was just a starting point and she hopes to build off her performance and the women’s soccer team this season to be more competitive and victorious in the next three.